University Librarian

A message from Pat Riva

Pat Riva
Pat Riva, University Librarian
© Concordia University, Lisa Graves

Dear Students,

The Concordia Library team welcomes all new and returning students and encourages you to make the Library an important partner in your academic success. The Library consists of the Webster and Vanier Libraries, as well as the Grey Nuns Reading Room and Group Study Rooms and I encourage you to visit these spaces and find your favourite spots for learning.

We have a team of dedicated librarians and staff ready to assist you with a variety of services, such as subject-specific research across our comprehensive print and digital collections, the use of network and interlibrary loans services, and borrowing a laptop or tablet. Whatever your needs or your inquiry, please feel free to ask us, either in person or through our Ask a Librarian service. We are here to assist you!

You are also encouraged to visit the Technology Sandbox where you can try out emerging technologies and cutting-edge equipment such as 3D printing, the knitting machine, or digital music. The Sandbox offers numerous workshops, among them, 3D Printing 101, 3D Modelling 101, Virtual Reality Bootcamp, Arduino 101, Introduction to Linux, and analogue synthesizers. Try it out!

Course textbooks are located in the Course Reserves Rooms at the appropriate library. You can find all your textbooks and course packs for loan there. Both Course Reserves rooms at Webster and Vanier are opened 24/7. Alternatively, you can log into the Course Reserves system to see a list of all courses you are currently enrolled in. Select the course you want and check if your professor posted any readings for that course. The Library provides online access to course readings to all students enrolled in a class.

As always, I welcome your thoughts on how Concordia Library can continue to address and best serve your academic needs. Please do not hesitate to contact me at

I wish you a most productive term and success in all your studies!


Pat Riva
Interim University Librarian
Concordia University

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